I know what you’re thinking, d-limonene sounds like some kind of Frankenstein chemical created by the pharmaceutical industry. But actually it’s something much simpler and its extracted from a common fruit that we should eat everyday, an orange.
According to WebMD, “D-limonene is a chemical found in the peels of citrus fruits and in other plants. It is used to make medicine. D-Limonene is used to promote weight loss, prevent cancer, treat cancer, and treat bronchitis….D-Limonene may block cancer-forming chemicals and kill cancer cells in the laboratory. But more research is needed to know if this occurs in humans.”
But the rabbit hole gets much deeper, d-limonene can also stop Gastric reflux in its tracks!
Forget about taking Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as prilosec and prevacid that unnaturally reduce the production of stomach acid, and take a gander at these horrible side effects of PPI usage :
- Abdominal pain
It doesn’t stop there, here are some more dreaded side affects of PPI usage:
- Serious allergic reactions
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis
- Reduced kidney function
- Reduced liver function
The US National Library of Medicine has research articles stating the effectiveness of d-Limonene as a heartburn remedy. D-Limonene improves heartburn symptoms by apparently coating the lining of the esophagus and stomach, protecting them from the effects of gastric acid exposure. D-limonene also reduces fermentation in the stomach which helps to eliminate bloating and gastric pressure. On a final note by improving the stomach mucous lining D-limonene can promote the healing of ulcers.
Studies have shown the daily intake of one 1000 mg capsule of d-limonene every other day for twenty days has reduced or eliminated GERD symptoms in most people for at least six months. Personally I recommend using Jarrows D-Limonene which you can buy on Amazon.com or the Vitamin Shoppe for about $10, the Amazon testimonials of this product are impressive.
Check out my d-limonene article on fighting cancer!
Good luck on your journey to Health!